Following in the footsteps of the states-led common core standards effort in math and English (but not directly associated with that effort), the National Research Council just released a “conceptual framework” document for a future draft of the next generation science standards. In other words, the National Research Council is in the process of creating a new set of science standards that states can adopt or use in the creation/updating of each state’s own standards. The organization now wants public input on what has been produced so far. This draft framework generally outlines “the major scientific ideas and practices that all students should be familiar with by the end of high school.”
It’s good to see that evolution plays a prominent role in the life sciences. I wonder how the National Research Council will handle the flood of protest, though. “When the committee’s final report is publicly released, currently planned to be in the first quarter of 2011, it will include a description of this public comment process and summarize the committee’s responses.” Will complaints about evolution be addressed or just dismissed?